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Wavelength (1983)

Two young lovers learn that a small group of child-like space aliens are marooned on Earth and are being held prisoner at a top secret military facility. The couple then decide to liberate ... See full summary »

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Bobby Sinclair
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Iris Longacre
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Dan
Cal Bowman ...
Gen. Milton Ward
James Hess ...
Col. James MacGruder
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Capt. Hinsdale
Eric Morris ...
Dr. Vernon Cottrell
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Dr. Benjamin Stern (as Bob McLean)
Eric Heath ...
Dr. Sidey
Robert Glaudini ...
Dr. Wolf
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Dr. Savianno (as George O. Petrie)
George Skaff ...
Gen. Hunt
Milt Kogan ...
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Dov Young ...
Gamma
Josh Oreck ...
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Two young lovers learn that a small group of child-like space aliens are marooned on Earth and are being held prisoner at a top secret military facility. The couple then decide to liberate the extraterrestrial castaways and help them make a rendezvous with a rescue ship sent from the alien home planet. Written by Patrick D. Rockwell <prockwell@thegrid.net>

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Two weeks ago they landed on Earth. Today beneath a major American city the experiments begin. See more »


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16 September 1983 (USA)  »

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Project Camelot whistleblower 'Henry Deacon' (pseudonym) has stated on record that a considerable portion of the film's storyline was based on actual events that he had personally witnessed or knew about. When Project Camelot co-founder Kerry Cassidy phoned director and scriptwriter Mike Gray to ask him about this, Gray replied that he every now and then he had received phone calls from people asking him "how come he knew all this had happened". Mike Gray told Kerry Cassidy that he had come up with the storyline when driving one day down the Pacific Coast Highway, on his own, with no influence or suggestion from anyone else. See more »

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Approximate 23:30 wen the Air Force Officer is explaining how the main characters entered the facility, Boom Mic is visible on the upper left corner of the scene. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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No More Lonely Days
Performed by Sneaker
Written by Jim King and Mitch Crane
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Great early 80s sci-fi flick!
15 May 2009 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Burnt out Hollywood musician Bobby Sinclair (Robert Carradine) and his girlfriend Iris (Cherie Currie) get wrapped up in a government extraterrestrial conspiracy after she starts "hearing" sounds coming from a nearby old Army facility in the Hollywood hills. With the help of old timer Dan (Keenan Wynn), the duo break into the facility and discover it runs seven stories into the ground and a trio of captured aliens are housed on the bottom floor. Naturally, the government isn't too happy with them there, until they find out Iris is on the same wavelength as the aliens.

Obviously inspired by Steven Spielberg's CLOSE ENCOUNTERS..., this one is interesting in that it takes the darker "fourth kind" approach whereas Spielberg went lighter with E.T. shot in the same year. This features likable leads and the script that moves pretty fast but also injects some unpretentious philosophy. Interestingly, this resembles the later STARMAN (1985) in many regards, right down to the oppressive military and a reflective orb coming down in the middle of the desert for pick-up. The aliens are played by three kids painted brown and they are all good in their silent roles. Director Mike Gray certainly has had an interesting career. He did some documentary work in the early 70s, wrote THE CHINA SYNDROME, made his feature debut with this and then moved onto writing/producing sci-fi TV stuff like STARMAN and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. Features a great score by Tangerine Dream.


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